Colossians 1.3-8 “We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing – as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.”
I heard a discussion on this passage of Scripture and two things captured my attention. One person spoke about the words bearing fruit and increasing {in knowledge}. They challenged the group to think about whether or not we can bear fruit, in Jesus’ name, without increasing in knowledge. Can we do good, can we serve, can we share the Gospel – all for and because of the glory of God – if we ourselves, aren’t in the Scriptures, learning, praying, stretching ourselves in conversations with fellow Christians?

The second reflection that caught me was the power of a friend encouraging another to run the good race. This letter from Paul to the church in Colossae is rooted in love. He is speaking from his heart, and I believe, speaking the Father’s heart. I imagine the church received this letter and felt bolstered. Knowing others are with you, doing life with you is such a strong show of support. God created us for community. This letter is a beautiful example of a culture of honor. Our church, Grace of Christ, is full of people who do this. People who encourage and speak words of love and light – God’s love and light – into the lives of others.  People who come alongside others to do life together. Struggles, celebrations, the highs and the lows. In the name of Jesus. For the glory of God.
Looking forward to Spring,

from the week of February 26


  • O Lord, we give You the glory, great things You have done! Let all creation sing praises to Your Holy name. 
  • We are so thankful for Kara and Jahzeel – great things are happening with our youth!
  • Thank You, Lord, for Your word to us in the book of Acts. Light a fire in us and lead us on Your path. Make us Your people as we walk with You. Jesus’ people, filled with Your Spirit, led by Your Spirit for Your purposes.
  • Praises for a wonderful Starry Starry Night concert last week! We are grateful for everyone who put this together.
  • Praises for V’s health, for her friendships when she gets to share God’s love, and for her big family that she covers in prayer. Some came to church with her Sunday!
  • Praise the Lord for P’s son T who is recovering from open heart surgery. God is at work.
  • B’s life has been a testimony of healing – body, mind, and spirit. Some experiences were filled with terror, yet her soul remained calm. Some experiences were amazing miracles. Praise God for His love and may He continue to heal her life.
  • Praise the Lord, our (adult) son is home and surrounded by his family.
  • DS’s spinal surgery went well. Family asks prayer for his recovery and that he has full use of his hands and arms.
  • So much prayer is needed right now – how blessed we are to be a church that is so responsive to prayer.
  • Thanks be to God for M’s mom’s recovery from hip surgery – she is doing really well.
  • Praise God, G has a surgery date! Praying surgery goes perfectly and he is able to be as active as he used to be.
  • M’s arm is a miracle – God has me!
  • Praising the Lor for K’s recovery – she is anxious to get home!
  • Praise the Lord, L’s knee is healing, and she is walking well!
  • J and S praise God that He is with them as they heal from Covid.


  • Prayers for K, E, C, and B. Prayers for J at Highgate.
  • Please pray healing and smooth recovery for K, G, and L who had surgery last week.
  • Continued prayer for J’s brother as he is treated for cancer.
  • Comfort for the family of Howard Redman who went to meet his Lord and Savior. The family appreciates your prayers.
  • Please continue praying for J’s (adult) daughter’s salvation.
  • Prayer for a friend whose family is struggling through cancer issues.
  • Please pray healing for L who has a broken clavicle and a concussion.
  • Praying for all who are sick – in jail, hospital, nursing homes, or hospice.
  • Praying for A’s chemo treatments to go well and that she feels the love of her family and friends.
  • Please pray for my sister’s elbow to be ok and that she can write and drive again.
  • V asks pray for her (adult) son in AZ who has surgery this week to remove masses from his stomach.
  • Prayers for V’s granddaughter who totaled her car, for family who travel for work, for family to know the love of Jesus, and comfort for her cousins who lost their father.
  • Please pray for my grandma J who has heart issues and arthritis in her hands. Her family loves her and wants to help. Pray she can see a heart doctor very soon!
  • Please continue praying for 3-year-old R who is trying to find the right speech therapist with experience in rare speech disorder Apraxia.
  • Healing prayer for R who is in critical care and has sepsis.
  • Lord, for the family and close friends of C, who passed away, please fill their hearts with joy that she is with You.
  • Prayers for L, B, J and J – may God guide their path.
  • Please pray for G’s back surgery March 7th in Seattle. Pray for his health, for the skill of the doctors, that G would be free from severe pain, and for travel mercies.
  • Healing for D as she recovers from hip surgery.
  • Healing for S who is in rehab, recovering from surgery and doing really well. She is ready to go home!
  • Please pray for the orphanage in Cambodia to receive 5 good used PC laptops.
  • Prayer for M’s allergies and that the doctors can figure out the source.
  • Prayer for mom L and for other family’s salvation, physical healing, and that they can be free of debt.
  • Prayer that P is blessed with a Christian life partner.
  • Prayer for N’s energy level to increase. She is grateful for her family and for online church.
  • Please pray for B’s husband who has a procedure.
  • M & L seek God’s wisdom for their living situation. They look to the Lord with trust for their provider with gratitude. He is faithful in counsel and provision.
  • Pray C’s numbers come up so they can continue chemo and that they will go into remission.
  • Prayers that A will be filled with God’s love and that they have good health, peace, and hope. Pray against frustration, discouragement, and disappointment.

STAFF: (Pastor) Curt McFarland;  (Family & Children’s Ministry) Sarah Huck; (Student Ministries) Kara Brown and Jahzeel Garcia-Figueroa; (Preschool Director) Becca Mailand; (Preschool Teachers) Amber Miller, Danete Carvo, Gracie Miller, and Amiya Aparicio; (Childcare) Rachel Hilliker, Elise Bukowiec, Gracie Miller, Jennifer Brice, and Grace Johnson; (Media/IT) Deb Meyers; (Business Manager) Tammy Nunley; (Building/Grounds/Custodial) Dan Barela, John Yolo, and Marcus Barela; (Administrative Assistants) Aaron Brown and Ericka Clark; (Worship Leaders) Jason Wickson, Nathan Gross, and Jon Waite; Intern Director: Larissa Belknap; Interns: Linda Camarillo, Alexandria Moran, and Isaac Gambito.

GHORMLEY STAFF: Joel Whitehead, Richard and Kim Hayland, Mark James, Anneliese Eastridge, Austyn Chenowyth, Reggie Davis, David Killings, and Jeff Sansburn.

CAMP GHORMLEY BOARD: Corday Trick, Barney Trick, Ted Palmatier, Liberty McLean, Rich Milhorn, and Mark Baldwin.
1 Corinthians 15.57 “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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